Overlooking the bow of Disney Cruise Line’s Magic, upon which we visited western Caribbean ports of call. (All photos by Joe Barkovich)
No shortage of things to do aboard the Magic – for kids, teens, young adults, older adults. Broadway-like shows were part of the night life, entertainers were popular with all ages, the Pirates IN The Caribbean Deck Party was spectacular and ended with a breathtaking fireworks display and dining experiences were superb – such an array of tastes! Pictured is a fun fitness class for kids led by none other than Disney cartoon character Goofy.
First stop was Key West, Florida, an amazing place to visit. Shown is part of Ernest Hemingway’s house from back in the years he lived on Key West – it’s a very popular spot for tourists. The interior is breathtaking and the grounds are spectacular!
We visited Grand Cayman Island. The Magic, seen here, and other cruise ships anchored outside of port; small boats, called tenders, were used to provide transportation between ship and shore.
From a mini-submarine we saw portions of the coral reef off the island, saw remains of several shipwrecks, and some amazing varieties of fish. Our tour guide donned scuba gear to give us a close-up view of feeding time for fish, using bread crumbs and bringing them right up to the mini-sub’s windows, as seen here.
Another stop was at Cozumel, the island and city off the eastern coast of Mexico. Among activities offered were opportunities to visit ancient Mayan ruins, above, and soak up the sun at a popular beach, below. The Mayans gave the island its name – it means the “Island of the Swallows”.
Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. It offers a wide variety of opportunities, including a snorkelling lagoon, bike rentals, beach sports, stingray adventure (sans stinger, you can actually touch and feed them!), observation tower, Pelican Plunge water slide, parasailing and more. Beaches include Castaway Family Beaches and Serenity Bay, an exclusive beach area for adults 18 years and over. Portions of the two are shown here and in the photo below.
One word tells the story: Beautiful!
Ugh!!! And then this: Back to reality – Monday morning here in the Rose City. All in all, it’s good to be home!